Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Last weekend we met L for lunch at Aladdin's in McMurray. We hadn't been to Aladdin's is a long time so it was extra tasty. SP had a salad with chicken and I had the Sfiha (seasoned ground lean beef sautéed with diced tomatoes, onions, roasted pine nuts, and herbs folded into a pita pie and topped with cheddar and scallions) appetizer, which was enough for lunch for me.
Earlier in the morning we had stopped at Bethel Bakery's North Strabane location to purchase yum yums to celebrate the blog's birthday:
There were a lot of special treats this week. SP brought home these goodies Monday evening:
They were an anniversary treat. We ate them Monday night even though our anniversary was Tuesday.

What We're Eating:


What We're Watching:

  • Bosch Season 4 on Amazon Prime. Love the show! I have read all the books. SP hasn't, but he likes the show a lot. We blew through the new season from Friday-Monday and now are ready for Season 5.
  • The Americans - 6 more episodes!
  • Tonight is the series finale of Scandal. I'm a little relieved it's ending although I will miss it. I thought it went off the rails a bit a couple seasons ago, a little too crazy, but this season has been better. I'm curious to see the fallout from revealing/testifying about B6-13. I can't decide if I want them all arrested and punished or to walk away free and clear.

What I'm Reading:
Since last Thursday, nothing. I have 2 library books and 4 magazines.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. SP took a vacation day and we enjoyed a "date day." We went to the Heinz History Center to see American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition exhibit. It's a very good exhibit and we recommend it. I enjoyed reading every poster propaganda piece against booze! There is a lot of other great stuff to see, too. After we finished, we walked over to Gaucho Parrilla Argentina for a late lunch/early dinner. It was our first visit and we were looking forward to trying it because we'd heard so many good things about the food. It didn't disappoint.

Here's what we ate:
I chose the Cerdo plate, small portion: roasted pulled pork, caramelized onions, spicy Dijon mustard sauce, toast, salad (greens, carrot, radish, grape tomatoes dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar). The small was a bit too much for me, although to be fair before I tackled it, I ate some other food. It was delicious. I really liked the salad dressing. The pulled pork mixed with the onions and sauce was so darn tasty.
We tried an order of Provoletta, basically a lovely piece of grilled provolone with some fresh oregano atop toast with arugula/olives off to the side. Grilled cheese = one of my favorite things.
SP had the Catch of the Day sandwich: red snapper. He added bacon. It was huge and he ate all of it, save a bit of the bread, and he said it was delicious.
Of course we tried some Empanadas. They're Argentine pierogies and I love pierogies. We tried 2, pork and chicken. I think the chicken also had a bit of chorizo.
Inside the empanadas. These were delicious. A tasty, flaky, substantial dough pocket. Both fillings were good. I could make a meal out of just these empanadas.

Gaucho is BYOB with no corkage/glass fees but since we went between 2:30~3pm, we didn't BYOB. SP had fresh iced tea and I had hot tea because even though it was April 17, it was windy, cold, snowy, and I was bundled up again.

I had heard about the long lines and wait for Gaucho. Happily, maybe since we went during the work week after lunch time/before dinner time, there were only 2 people ahead of us in line. That gave us time to study the enormous chalkboard menu. We ate across from the order area because there are about 6-7 steps up to the other dining area but it does look like if we went outside and up the street, there is a side door for level entry to the "upper" dining area. After you order, you find a seat - or maybe they seat you, I'm not sure, I just went right to an empty table on the main level while SP paid. It wasn't busy and I was in a wheelchair, so maybe that's why no one said anything to me about just going to a table. It didn't take too long for our food to arrive. The employees who cleared dishes from our table and refilled our beverages were all very nice. Nice is kind of a bland adjective, maybe what I mean is they seemed pleasant and happy to be working there and like they enjoyed their jobs. It's always a plus when the employees seem to like their jobs and interacting with customers.

We'll definitely be back.


Gaucho Parrilla Argentina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pasta with Spinach, Ground Sausage, and Ground Beef

This recipe is a Giada recipe from a Giada Entertains episode a few weeks ago in which she hosted a 70's themed party. She said the inspiration for this Italian Helper was Hamburger Helper. I've never eaten Hamburger Helper but I remember the commercials with the talking oven mitt. I guess since my mom didn't work, she didn't take too many short cuts for dinner, or maybe my dad wouldn't have eaten the short cut food. My brother and I were never given different, special, kid-friendly food for dinner. We always had to eat what mom & dad ate. So Hamburger Helper wasn't in our house.
This recipe uses ground beef and sausage plus pasta, spinach, tomato puree, and lots of cheese (parmesan and mascarpone). It's really easy to make.
It's sort of a one pot meal since it is made in the same skillet in which the meats are browned, but the pasta is cooked separately so I guess it's a two pot meal - or rather, a skillet and a pot meal.
It smells great and tastes even better. Lots of beef, sausage, and tomato flavor. A little creamy from the mascarpone, a little sharp/salty from the parmesan. I didn't really taste the spinach, but I like that it is there for the veggie. I think next time we'd add more spinach. This time, we had some spinach on the side as a salad, too.
Definitely a make again meal. Easy, quick, tasty, comforting - the best kind of meal.

Recipe here.

*Note: personal preference, we omitted the shallot & garlic and instead used onion

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9 Years

It has been 9 years since I started this blog. I'm surprised I've stuck with it this long! I do like having a place with all the recipes we've tried plus comments and photos. We frequently refer back to the blog when we're cooking/baking. I also like being able to refer back to what we ate and our thoughts on restaurant meals.

I don't have any special blog celebrations planned, but maybe SP will treat me to some Yum Yums from Bethel Bakery? We'll be in the area...

Thank you to everyone who reads.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

I just spent the afternoon with the official Critter Dude. He didn't see any entry points for my slithery visitor last month. Yay? He said he's never before had a call about a snake in March. He was surprised. Especially after he didn't see any entry points (there was one wee possibility that he caulked but he said it was unlikely) and after he saw no evidence of mice. Yay, no mice. Yay, no other critter evidence. But nonetheless, there was a snake, and no one knows how it got inside, not even the Critter Dude, and so I'm not feeling especially reassured. He floated the idea that it got inside last fall and was inside all winter. Fabulous. Not reassuring.

What We're Eating:

  • Parmesan Breaded Chicken with arugula salad
  • Farro Salad
  • Dessert: Lemon Bars

What We're Watching:

  • The Americans is so good! Really enjoying the final season.
  • Something weird happened with AMC and our guide because we almost missed the last 2 episodes of McMafia. It's not quite as good as some shows we've watched, but we're still enjoying it. I just wish AMC hadn't switched it to 11pm and that our satellite provider could offer a correct guide. The last couple episodes weren't marked as new, so they weren't being picked up for recording. I went in reset it to record new and reruns. It's not the first time the guide has been messed up. It seems to be happening a lot lately.
  • The new season of Bosch stares on Amazon tomorrow and I am super excited. Of course, we still haven' watched Jessica Jones, and we're behind on "regular" TV. But... Bosch! Love the books and show.

What I'm Reading:

  • Still making slow progress on the magazine pile.
  • I read As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. This book grabbed my interest more than I expected and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. It's set in a desert town where, upon turning 18, each resident can enter a "wishing cave" and make a wish, though there are rules (for one, it cannot impact anything/person outside the town), and the wish always come true but of course, there are consequences. It was thought provoking, making me wonder what I would have wished for at age 18 and how I would have worded my wish. I told SP about the premise of this book and he was intrigued, not enough to read it, but we had a discussion of wishes and wording, etc. The books has several "levels" from everyday teen issues to difficult & heart breaking family issues to the ethical dilemmas that wishing can create.
  • I also read The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd. It's the second Ian Rutledge book I've read and I enjoyed it. It's kind of refreshing to see crimes (murders) solved back in the early 1900's, before all the advances like DNA and fingerprinting and databases and all the electronic device tracking.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Walnut Grill (Robinson)

Several weeks ago, we went to Walnut Grill in Robinson. We've dined there before, but it had been a while. We didn't have reservations but we were seated within 5 minutes. Here's what we ate:
As always, Loaded Tater Tots (four cheese alfredo, smoked gouda, candied jalapeños, bacon). As you can see, we like these so much that I forgot to take a photo until they were nearly gone. Cheesy deliciousness.
We shared Strawberry Salad (field greens, balsamic marinated strawberries, goat cheese, candied almonds, balsamic reduction). It's good, though I find the balsamic a tad strong/sweet.
SP's entree: Caper Flounder (light lemon caper cream sauce) with the vegetable mix of the day. He likes lemon and capers a lot, so this was a great choice for him.
His other side: cole slaw, which I helped eat.
I chose California Turkey Wrap (roasted turkey, candied bacon, greens, tomato, avocado, honeycup mustard, goat cheese, wheat wrap). This was very good although I don't like wheat wraps. I figured I'd give it a try but I don't think I'll try wheat wraps again. I mentioned to SP that wheat wraps tasted kind of bland and cardboard like. He agreed - but he's the one who always wants wheat wraps and scolds me for my white wraps! And he finds them bland, too!
I chose sweet potato fries for my side. I didn't eat them since I was full from tater tots, salad, and half a wrap. We ate them for lunch the next day.

Happily, there is again fresh brewed iced tea. The last time we were there, it was fountain tea - boo. We like Walnut Grill and are glad it's an option so close to us in Robinson. I'm sure we'll be back.



Walnut Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, April 9, 2018

Union Standard

It has been a couple weeks since we dined at Union Standard. It's been open for over a year, but this was our first time there and it did not disappoint. We especially liked that there is an elevator to the second floor, which means we were able to sit there and not be restricted to the first level. Also, lots of natural light through the large windows.

Here's what we enjoyed:
Drinks: Mellon Square Cocktail for him (gin, chamomile sabona, dolin blanc, orange bitters, cardamom tincture) and Folie a Deux Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA for me.
To start: Warm Potato Bread (cultured butter, apple butter, goat butter). Oh my gosh this warm bread was delicious, especially with the 3 butters. We wiped the plate clean and wanted more.
We shared a salad: Endive & Asian Pear (speck, smoked pecans, sherry vinaigrette, Goat Rodeo Chevre). This was different than the salads we usually order. I liked the salad even though I find endive just sort of meh. The other components are what made it yummy.
Entree for him: Bacon Wrapped Monkfish (Carolina Gold rice, toasted pecans, braised greens, black eyed pea vinaigrette). He said this fish was delicious and he ate everything on his plate.
For me, Sea Scallops (ember roasted beets, cider glazed carrots, benne, lemon, granny smith apple, celery). My scallops were delicious. I was a little full from the bread and salad and I wanted dessert, so I couldn't/didn't eat many of the carrots/beets (beets not being a food I really enjoy) but I did eat all the scallops, lemon, and apple. It was a very pretty dish in person although my photo makes it looks a little bit like a crime scene of red-pink splatter. Trust me, it was beautiful in person.
Decaf coffee for me.
Shared dessert: Vanilla Dutch Baby (lemon ice cream, apples, candied pecans, honey). Really good. We quickly devoured it, scraping the pan clean.

We both enjoyed our food. Service was good. I felt bad when I asked for specifics on the lamb dish because as soon as our server went to check, I remembered that we were having lamb the next day and then leftover lamb for several days during the week, so I knew I wouldn't end up ordering it. Oops.

We'll be back - especially for that potato bread and Dutch baby.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Last weekend was Easter, and as a treat, mom brought us some nut roll from Bethel Bakery. Yum! This is probably the only nut roll I've ever liked.

We had a busy Easter weekend. We started by picking up my new glasses. I like the new ones much more than the old ones, which should be the case but the last time I got glasses, it was not. Then we went to The Frick Art Museum to see Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We both really enjoyed the exhibit. We were there when there was a small talk about a Van Gogh painting and it was nice to really learn about the painting, not just read the description and admire it. The exhibit runs through July 8 and we definitely think it's worth seeing.

After gazing at art, we decided we were hungry so we went to Mercurio's. It was Good Friday and I was trying my best to avoid meat. We shared a salad and 2 pizzas. I would have preferred pizza with prosciutto or sausage. Instead I enjoyed one with eggplant, basil, and roasted red pepper and another with artichokes, mushrooms, and roasted red pepper. For dessert, I had mint chunk gelato and SP had Baileys. As usual, yummy, and leftovers for lunch the next day.
Over Easter weekend we also saw Rent at Heinz Hall and had dinner at Union Standard for the first time. It was yummy - more on that in an upcoming post.

On Easter, SP spent part of the day visiting his family and then we had dinner here with my parents. It was nice enough outside that he was able to grill the leg of lamb. We also had paska and Spring Vegetables with Warm Vinaigrette. Dessert was the Strawberry Cheesecake Squares.

It has been a crappy week, weather-wise, with snow and rain. Someday spring will get here. Our groundhogs are out and "visiting" us so it must be close.

What We're Eating

  • Split Pea Soup
  • Leftover Easter dinner
  • Ham, pierogies, green beans
  • Dessert:  Strawberry Cheesecake Squares and nut roll (also a breakfast treat)

What We're Watching:

  • We're caught up on The Kennedys special on CNN. 
  • We've been watching Christiane Amanpour's Sex & Love Around the World. Last week's episode  was in Beirut and it was definitely interesting. The first 2 episodes were Tokyo and India and this week is Berlin.
  • The Americans is so good - and also a little confusing as we try to remember the characters and interactions and past events. It took us a while to remember Henry is at boarding school and even longer to remember the General in the park in last night's episode.

What I'm Reading:

  • I managed to read 4 of the 8 magazines. Half the pile! Pretty excited about that.
  • I read The Pope of Palm Beach by Tim Dorsey. This is the first Tim Dorsey book I've read. So it's the first Serge Storms story I've read. Apparently, there are a total of 21. I haven't read #'s 1-20, just #21. I'm not sure what I think. I read it in one day, so I guess I enjoyed it and it held my attention. But Serge was a little too... crazy? And Coleman too... stupid? I'm not sure. Something was bugging me. But I think I might start at #1 and start reading in order and see what I think/how far I get.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Strawberry Cheesecake Squares

The past few years we've made this cheesecake  for Easter dessert. It's what we would have made this year, too, if not for MIL giving us the April/May 2018 issue of Cook's Country and us immediately spotting the Strawberry Cheesecake Squares.
It's a little time consuming, but simple. We made our graham cracker crust Saturday night and covered it overnight. Sunday we made the cheesecake layer and strawberry topping layer and baked them.
For Easter, we garnished the squares we ate with a strawberry slice, but for desserts during the week, we're not bothering to garnish the squares.
I think these are pretty and spring-like to look at because of the pink topping.
I thought the pink layer might be too tangy from the sour cream, but it's not. The cheesecake layer is nice and smooth and creamy and light, though it seems strange to call a cheesecake light. It's not dense and heavy like some cheesecakes I've eaten. I also like that the fruity/strawberry part isn't a runny or gelatinous glop of too sweet fruit. I like that it's tangy and smooth and just a tad sweet. These are definitely a make again dessert.

Strawberry Cheesecake Squares - recipe here.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

The house has been critter free since last week's terror. We had a hard time actually getting in touch with someone to come check the house for us, and when we finally did, the weather was and still is rainy, so we have to wait for a sunny, dry day. Hopefully next week. Since an "expert" hasn't checked things out, I'm pretty jumpy. I'm "tip-toeing" around and peering around corners and into rooms, looking for any home invaders. My brain understands the logic and reason behind SP's belief that it was likely an isolated event. But fear seems to be getting the best of me. I'm not happy about that. I'm actually embarrassed & frustrated. I don't like being so pathetic & weak. I thought I'd calmed down from the event, but earlier this week I jumped and shrieked at a squiggly brown thread on the floor and every time SP goes to work, I listen for how long the garage door is open and then spend the day wondering how long it takes for something to crawl in. One day I couldn't remember hearing the garage door close, so I went into the unheated, super cold sunroom to look & see if it was shut. It was. I've had some dreams about more of them coming inside and I wake up gasping. I know SP checked things out as best he could and blew all the leaves away from the house and says he sees no possible entry points, but...

Yes. I'm losing it a bit.

What We're Eating:

  • Leftovers from Max's Allegheny Tavern
  • Italian Helper
  • Dessert: Madeleines

What We're Watching:

  • I watched Megan Leavey and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. ML was good. TBOEM was excellent. If you haven't seen it, you should.
  • We're behind on our TV shows. The DVR is filling up.
  • The Americans is back! Last night's first episode of the final season was excellent. So excited to see how it all plays out.
  • The Alienist ended and it was a satisfactory ending. Kind of wrapped up nice & neat, but not too nice & neat.

What I'm Reading:

  • I read The Fire Pit from Chris Ould. It's the third in a series. I've really enjoyed this trilogy and I liked how Jan Reyna's story wrapped up. 
  • I'm trying to tackle the magazine pile, which grew a lot last weekend when MIL gave us some magazines to read. I had to split the pile in two because one pile kept toppling over.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Max's Allegheny Tavern

 
This past Saturday, Saturday Dinner Out was at a place we haven't been to in a while: Max's Allegheny Tavern. I had been in the mood to try it again and then my mom asked me about it because she & dad were interested in trying it but unsure of where exactly it is and wondering how the food is. So we made plans to go to their place after our nephew's birthday party and then go to dinner.
For drinks, I had fresh iced tea, mom had pinot grigio, dad had a Spaten, and SP tried the beer sampler.

We ate a lot of food:
Everyone had Fresh Spinach Salad with Max’s Hot Bacon Dressing (crisp leaves of spinach garnished with slices of mushrooms, onions and hard-cooked eggs. Topped with our own hot bacon dressing.). This salad is just as yummy as I remember. Everyone liked it and mom said it was just like the one she makes but the dressing was much tastier than hers!
Bread basket with a cabbage spread and apple butter.
I ordered the sampler platter. I chose (from top of plate left to right) Count Esterhazy Schnitzel (Vienna-style veal lovingly crowned with a sauce of fresh mushrooms, peas, sour cream, onions and carrots), Chicken Viennese (boneless chicken breast delicately fried to a golden brown. Topped with a sauce of sour cream, finely chopped vegetables and delicately seasoned with herbs and paprika, served over our homemade spatzle), and  Jäger Schnitzel (Vienna-style veal covered with a delicious mushroom sauce).  My mom had the Jäger Schnitzel for her meal. For my 2 sides I chose potato pancakes with sour cream and German potato salad. I really like the potato pancakes. I like the potato salad, but the sauce it a lot sweeter and tangier than the sauce we make for German potato salad.
SP also chose the Sampler Platter. He chose Baked Kassler Rippchen (smoked pork loin chops slowly simmered in our homemade sauerkraut and served with mustard sauce)Chicken Viennese, and Leberkase (finely textured sausage loaf made from a blend of pork and beef, seasoned with spices imported from Bavaria. We grill each slice lightly and serve it smothered with sauteed onions). He said it was all delicious.

My dad had the roast pork for his meal: Roast Loin of Pork Stubenkuchen Style (this all-time favorite at Max’s is served over our special recipe apple raisin dressing and topped with a rich brown gravy). He must've liked it because he ate it all.

Everyone had potato pancakes and SP was the odd one, choosing sweet & sour cabbage (the rest of us had potato salad).
 We shared 2 desserts. Apple Fritter with ice cream, above.
And Black Forest Cake. I'm not sure which I like better! The fritter is fried dough with melty ice cream while the cake was chocolate and light, not dense, and the chocolate filling was really, really good.
We all enjoyed our food at Max's. Parking is street parking, but it wasn't hard to find a spot. There is a smallish step to get inside, but they have a portable ramp they'll put out. Our server was very friendly and helpful. She gave us plenty of time to take in the whole menu (which is printed inside a newspaper) and then decide what to order and described a couple other desserts for us since they all sounded really good. The receipt says her name was Jamie, which is a little funny because the nephew with the birthday party is called Jamie, so it was a day of Jamies.

I like Max's a lot. I like the casual atmosphere, the history of the building, the old Deutschtown feeling/decor with floral wallpaper, dim lighting, old framed photos, a cuckoo clock. The food is basic German, hearty, filling, and tasty. Definitely a good choice on a chilly day.

  Max's Allegheny Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

SP brought me flowers on Tuesday. They were to cheer me up after what we're calling The Snake Incident.
We live in Robinson. Close to major roads and shopping. Not rural. But there is a woods area on the hill behind our house. It's not very large, we can see the homes down the hill through the trees, but apparently it's quite healthy and critters thrive. I knew our neighbor on the left found snake skins in her attic. I knew the neighbors on the right found a dead snake and a live one in their basement. I knew we had snakes because I'd seen them in the grass, on the front patio, and let's not forget the deck incident. But I never really thought we'd get any inside - surely we were sealed up tight since we had someone check things out in the first 2 years we were here. And we had a handle on the mice thing - the house had been checked for holes, and we had cats for a while and they handled the mice. It was safe.

Safe until Tuesday when I went to make lunch, rounded the island on my way to the english muffins and toaster, and suddenly I stopped short and was seized by terror because there it was. On the floor. In the kitchen. By the baseboard. Exactly where I needed to go. Of course my phone was in another room. I zipped off to get it. I didn't know who to call. SP was at least 45 minutes away. The neighbors and our friends were all at work, far away. Was a snake in the house 911 worthy?

So I called my dad and said something like,"Daddy I need you come quick there's a snake in the house." It took him a few seconds to respond. He said to call 911. So I did. I could barely do it because my hands were shaking so much. My heart was racing, thumping so hard I really thought it was going to burst out of my chest. I was afraid to look at it, but also afraid to not look at it because what if it disappeared? I'd never be able to be in the house if I knew a snake had disappeared somewhere. The 911 lady was very nice and calm, apparently a snake is 911 worthy. I think I even apologized and asked her if it was OK to call 911 for a snake in house problem. She just kept calmly taking my name, address, etc.

I think the 11-12 minutes it took for the policeman to arrive were the longest, scariest, most stressful of my life. He came in, I pointed at it, and he was all, oh yea, a baby garter, reached down, and picked it up. Eeewww and baby? OK probably technically a baby, "only" about 22" long (I measured later on from where its head/tail were). He took the snake away. I called my dad back and told him I was safe. Then I called SP and as soon as he answered I think I started sobbing about how it had finally happened and I wanted to move because I was sick of all the snakes, stink bugs, spiders, ground hogs, squirrels, birds, house centipedes, wasps, etc. He came home right away.

It took me a bit over an hour to calm down and stop shaking. I'm disappointed in myself. I know they're harmless, I know they're scared of me, and yet every time I see one I am seized by terror and shaking. SP has gone on snake patrol several times - using a flashlight and poking around the rooms and closets and under furniture. Today is the first time I've been alone at home since the incident and I'm disappointed in myself because I'm pretty tense.

I hope the snake got buried in the  snow and froze to death. I know, that's mean, he didn't mean me any harm, but I don't care. Get the eff out of my house and stay out.
Speaking of snow, apparently Tuesday-Wednesday was the biggest snowfall since Snowmageddon in Feb. 2010 when we got 21". This time, in the area near where we live, we had 10.4" officially at 5 pm last night, but it was still snowing and snowed for a few more hours so we figure we got close to 11". SP was again super happy we bought a snowblower a few years ago. Happy Spring!
As always, we filled out brackets for the March Madness tournament (men and women). Sadly, I have many wrong picks and am probably going to be the loser. Darn Virginia. Darn Xavier. Of the four of us (me, SP, mom, dad), it looks like SP, the one who doesn't follow basketball, might be the winner.
 

What We're Eating:


Dessert: Cappuccino Biscotti
What We're Watching:

  • The final season of The Americans starts next week - so excited! The only downside is that it's on at the same time as Designated Survivor, so we'll have to delay watching one of them.
  • We're caught up on McMafia and enjoying it quite a bit. For some reason, it reminds me of The Night Manager.
  • One more episode of The Alienist. I'm curious to see who the murderer is, or if they leave it as a cliffhanger and make a season 2 even though I thought it was supposed to be a limited series.

What I'm Reading:

  • I finished Island of Sweet Pies & Soldiers and enjoyed it.That's 3 books in a row set during WW2 (Korea, TN, Hawaii).
  • I read Plum Tea Crazy from Laura Childs. It's the 19th in this series, so at times it feels a little tired. Everything is always so delicious, so perfect, the descriptions of recurring places/people tiresome when you've read all the books in the series.
  • New issues of magazines are arriving. I flipped through the new Food Network Magazine yesterday and took the Veggie IQ Quiz. I didn't do as well as I expected.